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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Applications

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The Computer Applications certificate provides students with a basic understanding of the computer applications that may be performed in an office. A student will be able to use the following applications: word processing, database, desktop publishing, graphics, presentation, spreadsheet, email, internet and operating systems.

To successfully complete this program a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of “C” or better is required in the first course of a sequential course offering before enrolling in the second-level course of the sequence. This includes

  and  .  For more information about the Computer Applications certificate, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/btec/.

Locations:  Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Urban

Students start any semester.

Not all courses are offered at each campus every semester.  Academic advisors are available to assist with scheduling.  It is strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each term.

Program Entry Requirements

It is suggested to meet with an academic advisor prior to applying for this program.

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information registration session.
  4. Using the DMACC testing center, demonstrate a minimum keyboarding speed of 35 nwpm (net words per minute) on a 5-minute timed writing.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Computer Applications certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

These credits are applicable to the diploma in Office Assistant and the AAS degree in Administrative Office Professional.

Required Courses


(Students must demonstrate a keyboarding speed of 25 NWPM or above by taking a five-minute test before enrolling in BCA 131  .)

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 19

These credits are applicable to the diploma in Office Assistant  and the AAS degree in Administrative Office Professional  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 270 380
Supplies  15  15

Approximate total for program: $3,397*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Key documents, reports and other correspondence using word processing.
  • Prepare spreadsheets and charts.
  • Prepare computer presentations.
  • Manipulate graphics and enhance document appearance.
  • Create a database and manipulate data in order that database information may be analyzed.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate excellent computer application skills.
  • Follow detailed instructions–both written and oral.
  • Work on your own.
  • Good decision-making skills.
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • Many jobs require working at the computer all day.
  • Average starting salary $20,000
  • It may take more than two semesters to complete the certificate.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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